Bond Referendum Meeting Set for Evening of Sept. 19 Rescheduled

The meeting planned for 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 will now be part of the Sept. 11 BOE meeting.

The Westfield school district announced that there has been a change to the public meeting scheduled for the evening Wednesday, Sept. 19 regarding the upcoming  to be held Monday, Sept. 24.

The bond referendum discussion will now take place during the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The meeting will take place in the cafeteria to allow for ample seating as space is limited to approximately 50 people in the Board Room of the Elm Street building. The evening's agenda will also include a report on the district’s technology initiative. 

The morning meeting regarding the bond referendum will take place as scheduled at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the Roosevelt School auditorium for those members of the public who would prefer to attend a daytime meeting.

For more , visit www.westfieldnjk12.org/bond2012.

Clint Eastwood September 07, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I will be at the meeting and debate the empty chair once again. Don't miss it.
StillVoteNo September 07, 2012 at 02:02 PM
The title of this story should be "Lighted Turf Field Sales Pitch Meeting Set for Evening of Sept. 19 Rescheduled"
westfieldfriend September 07, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Isn't it a bit disrespectful to conduct a meeting like this on the anniversary of September 11th?
Jay September 07, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Exercising our civil rights to peaceable public assembly and free speech on the anniversary of the day terrorists murdered thousands of Americans in protest of such rights seems (to me) a particularly GOOD way to honor those who died that day.
FreeSpeechVoteNo September 07, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Jay, kind of like the taxpayer is the victim and the board of Ed is the terrorist. Yes sir, I agree that the taxpayers should stand united against the board of education and fight this injustice.
South Westfielder September 07, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Nope, not disrespectful at all.
Backyard dog squat September 08, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I'm not sure if I find it disrespectful. I do however expect it will lessen the turnout.
Mitch Slater September 08, 2012 at 02:31 PM
To FreeSpeechVoteNo- Sorry- can't accept having you call me and my hard working volunteer colleagues terrorists. Please stop being a coward and let us know who you are. You have every right to your opinion on the bond- but throwing out a name like that (especially)near the 9/11 anniversary in a town that suffered greatly on that day- is pure ignorance and quite frankly pathetic. If you feel so strongly about this -please come next tuesday night and speak up in person like the other fair and well thought out citizens have chosen to do.
Gretchen W September 09, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Hey Mitch. I don't like FreeSpeech's tone any more than you, but as a member of the Board of Education you should attempt to set an example and refrain from scouring comment boards looking for constituents to insult. You ran for the board to reign in opaque decision making and an unaccountable superintendent. Remember the Washington redistricting? You were pretty passionate when the issues affected you and your friends. Now you're defending the same tactics you once opposed. How does it feel to be part of the problem, Mitch?
Mitch Slater September 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Gretchen- Please stop by the Board Meeting Tuesday Night and introduce yourself- Would love to continue this conversation off-line since you clearly did not understand my comment- and to be "part of the problem" as you say, you must first stand up and actually do something.....would love to hear what you are doing tuesday night. Not insulting by the way- I'm a strong believer in free speech- but will not stand by and have 9 civic minded, volunteers called terrorists. Oh, and by the way I live in the entire town of Westfield- not Washington School- Now I must go scour comments online as I have nothing better to do with my evenings....
BOE Watcher September 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM
In Mitch's defense, he voted against combining the projects into a single vote...
HarryLarryBarry September 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Every post in these stupid threads talks about the same things: the relative benefits of the field & namecalling. Don't vote NO because you're angry at Mitch or at the superintendent. Vote NO to teaching our kids that they NEED a turf field just because other towns have them. I've tried to teach my kids the difference between wants and needs for years and it seems like some eople here either have enough that they don't have to separate the two or they just don't care. Westfield does not NEED to borrow money for a field. Adding insult to injury, I'll have to shell out a few hundred extra dollars to the schools each year for each of my sons to play on the field. So no name calling, just guy who doesn't want to pay more for the privilege of paying more.
HarryLarryBarry September 10, 2012 at 12:40 AM
remember the activity fee?
Gretchen W September 10, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I think you were joking about not having anything better to do, but you responded to my post in just over 60 seconds. If local politics doesn't work out, you can always do a 4G LTE ad....
Harding Street September 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Faux Gretchen ( I doubt that is your real name by the way-trying to be cute by using another Board Members name!)- Not sure why you are attacking Mr. Slater here and using such an "opaque" reference to the redistricing issue which for my neighbors was a very serious one- Why don't you heed Mitch's advice and show some courage and show up at the Board Meeting and address whatever your issue is in person instead of trying to be so clever with your one liners-
Bonded September 10, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Agree or disagree with this, but calling anyone in the community a terrorist is just down right wrong. Many of us were hit very hard by the events on 9/11 and lost friends and relatives, perhaps some of the very same people that were described as terrorist by a previous poster. You do not know any of these people personally (maybe you do), so it is completely out of line. I happen to disagree with this bond proposal and I am spending my time educating those around me, many of whom have no idea this is even happening. I will give Mr Slater credit where credit is due, he did stand up and say to split the Bond into 2 pieces and let the people have their say.
Gretchen W September 10, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Hey Harding Street. Try using your own name before you accuse me of taking a fake one. If I were trying to steal Gretchen Ohilig's identity, I hope I'd be smart enough to use "Gretchen O." Since you asked why I attached poor defenseless Mitch, I'll tell you. I still think it's unseemly for a board member to go around insulting commenters on message boards, but you and Watcher are right that he didn't vote to combine the bonds into a single vote. By the way, since my husband I moved here in 1972, I guarantee you that I've been to more Board of Education meetings than most people posting here.
Harrison Slater September 10, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I don't see the problem at all with people in an elected political position speaking their mind in a public forum. Gov. Christie called a reporter an "idiot" and he's the governor of New Jersey. Especially if my dad (Mitch) was writing something that was not insulting in anyway that I can decipher, in an attempt to defend himself and his colleagues. As to why he would answer so quickly- if you are in a position of any type of power representing the people who elected you, why would you not browse forums of discussions so that you can continue to learn about their requests and wants? Also, I just don't see how a meeting previously scheduled randomly on September 11th has anything at all to do with 9/11 of 2001. This is not me speaking for my dad at all, I came across this myself and he had absolutely nothing to do with it, if anyone is thinking he told me to "defend him". Again, I'm 19, using my real name, and speaking my mind. I'm assuming a majority of you are 35 or older. Grow up.
Gretchen W September 11, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Harrison. Good for you standing up for your dad and jumping into a discussion with people you think are older. But I don't think even most Christie supporters would cite that moment as one of his best. Surely your dad doesn't look to the Governor's indecorous outbursts as a model for board member behavior.
Harrison Slater September 12, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Christie called a reporter an idiot for asking a repeated question he said he wouldn't answer. My dad said it was pathetic to refer to the board as terrorists. Not insulting, just true. Now that I'm allowed to vote, one thing that will attract me to politicians is their honesty, ability to speak their mind, and ability to defend themselves and their ideals. Especially if they can do that in a non-insulting way. So no, I don't think he looks to Christie's outbursts as a model for board behavior, because defending yourself and your colleagues in a non-insulting fashion is not an "outburst".


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